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Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Maxxum 35mm Primes

4.95 star rating
                      4.95 / 5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $430.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length50mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.4
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance18 in
    Picture Angle47 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size49 mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.56 in
    Length1.5 in
    Weight8.31 oz
    Product ID20723717

Product Description

Normal autofocus lensfor the Minolta Maxxum system.
  • Aperture range: f/1.4-22
  • Min focus: 1.5 ft.

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by NYRoadnRail a Expert

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2004

    Strengths:    Low light capabilities, fast quiet focusing, durable for everyday use.

    Weaknesses:    Price (new or used) - There is no shortage of these lenses on eBay or in camera stores' used equipment departments... so why the continued hefty price? There appears to be more supply than demand.

    Bottom Line:   
    Purchased my 50mm f/1.4 used on eBay, as an impulse purchase, as an upgrade for my 50mm f/1.7.

    I am very impressed with focusing speed, lack of noise thereof, and sharpness. The increased low light versatility (which is what I purchased it for) is remarkable.

    I intermittantly use it coupled with a 2x Teleconverter for 100mm f/2.8, and am impressed with results there as well.

    I recommend this lens to any Minolta AF body purchaser, as an alternative prior to purchasing the standard f/1.7 varient. Spend the extra money... get the added versatility..

    In my opinion, Minolta should add the "G" suffix to this lens, and include it in their 35mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, and 200mm f/2.8 G lens line up.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $140.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta 50mm f/1.7

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by William B a Intermediate from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

    Strengths:    Incredibly fast, sharp, small, and lightweight. And really fast focusing (on my Maxxum 7)! New rubberized focusing ring is wide and well dampened. A big difference from my f/1.7 back-up lens. Unlike a lot of Nikon lenses, this one comes with a supplied new(er) bayonet lens hood. Filter diameter is 55mm. Nice job, Minolta! Way to go.

    Weaknesses:    Price. This one was $399 at Henry's (and it was on sale!). My older f/1.7 was $125 at Henry's too. Big price difference for an extra half a stop!

    Bottom Line:   
    The 50 is, and will always be my favorite lens. I love the sharpness of primes over zooms. I would recommend buying this lens. Here's why....

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $399.00

    Purchased At:   Henry's Toronto

    Similar Products Used:   50mm f/1.7 with 49mm filter diameter.

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Canuck935 a Intermediate from California

    Date Reviewed: April 24, 2003

    Strengths:    Fast, Sharp. Overall excellent optical quality.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I first came across the 50 1.4 and 1.7 on ebay, and upon looking up the excellent reviews I decided to buy one. I found both the 1.4 and 1.7 at a local camera store, both were the older models. They weren't asking that much more for the 1.4 than the 1.7 so I bought it. It is the nicest lens I own. After seeing photos taken with this lens I am no longer satisfied with my cheap Sigma 28-80 and I'm looking to replace that now with the 24-105 D lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   North County Camera

    Similar Products Used:   Sigma 28-80(POS), Minolta 75-300, Minolta 28-80(another POS)

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Christin a Expert from Canada

    Date Reviewed: February 9, 2003

    Strengths:    Image quality is great!
    Very fast optics (f/1.4)

    Weaknesses:    fair performance at wide open and F2.0

    Bottom Line:   
    This is my main lens. What can I say about it? the sharpness, contrast and image quality in general is superb!
    It is small and lightweight, fast and very useful.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Similar Products Used:   Contax 50mm F1.4 and F1.7

    Type of photography:   People

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jayrdk a Expert

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2002

    Strengths:    - f/1.4 gives a bright viewfinder
    - lightweight lens
    - allround lens
    - price
    - lens hood build in
    - no flare problems despite the f/1.4

    Weaknesses:    - 1.4 is "unusable"
    - build-in lens hood should be a lot bigger to be serious.

    Bottom Line:   
    I own the old version (49mm filter). Optically great: contrast, sharpness, no vignetting, no distortion. Color neutral.
    f/1.4 is "unusable": too soft, but from f/2 on the lens is more then OK. I also owned the 50/1.7 for a while and compared them on sharpness: from f/1.7 to f/4 the 50/1.4 is the better lens, from f5.6 there is no difference in sharpness. So no doubts about this: the 50/1.4 is the better choice.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Similar Products Used:   - Leica Summicron R 50/2.0
    - Minolta AF 50/1.7

    Type of photography:   People

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